Sustainability

Wolf-Gordon on Sustainability
Sustainability is at the top of our concerns. From the moment we begin to develop each of our products, we consider essential variables such as recycled content, durability, and low-VOC emissions. We've taken a close look at every facet of our materials, from the manufacturing process to the end of their useful life, and continually work to improve their environmental and health impact while maintaining the performance properties that make wallcoverings, textiles, and specialty coatings successful throughout the long life of a commercial interior.

NSF/ANSI 342 Certification
Wolf-Gordon recognizes the importance of reducing the environmental impact of our internal activities for the sustained success of our organization. Towards this goal, we have undergone the Wallcovering Association's certification process for NSF/ANSI 342, and have been qualified as an NSF-342 Distributor. Developed by the NSF National Center for Sustainability Standards, this standard assigns point values in a number of categories including product distribution, recycling infrastructure, waste minimization, and corporate governance. Unique to this certification, is the requirement that both a manufacturer and distributor combine points to determine the certification level. Click here for a list of our manufacturing partners and certified products.

Reducing our Environmental Impact
Since 2014, we have purchased green power in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) equivalent to 100% of our annual purchased electricity. The RECs we’ve purchased from Renewable Choice Energy are Green-e® Energy Certified, meeting the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions (learn more at green-e.org). Our RECs are the equivalent of removing 483 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.

Health Product Declarations (HPD)
We are committed to transparency and are taking a leadership role in the industry by asking each of our partner mills to complete a Health Product Declaration (HPD) for the products they manufacture for us. Each month, more of our products will have completed HPD’s available directly from the product pages. The Health Product Declaration Collaborative is an industry-leading platform to promote transparency in building materials (hpdcollaborative.org). The Health Product Declaration Open Standard™ requires manufacturers to disclose potential health impacts associated with product ingredients.

Wolf-Gordon Position on Vinyl
The A+D community's expectations of building materials are changing, and the vinyl industry is responding. New formulations of vinyl have low-VOC emissions and are free of phthalates. As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, Wolf-Gordon works with mills that have phased out the use of lead as a stabilizer and mercury in the production of chlorine (used to manufacture PVC). Like many building materials, we recognize that there is room for improvement in vinyl. We challenge our mills to find new ways to reduce any adverse health or environmental effects in manufacturing through reclamation, while maintaining the durability, aesthetics, and value that make vinyl wallcovering and textiles successful. 

LEED
Wolf-Gordon's customized Sustainability & LEED Data form covers all other environmental attributes that a project team may need to reference for documentation and compliance with leading green building rating systems, including both LEED 2009 and LEED v4. The form is populated with information ranging from the location of manufacturing, recycled content, bio-based material content, VOCs, and other green building criteria.

When planning your LEED-certified project, choosing the right materials is vital. Wolf-Gordon offers a wide range of interior products developed with the environmental features you need to create healthy green building interiors. Your Wolf-Gordon Sales Representative will help you navigate through our collections to determine the right products for your LEED project and we will provide documentation to support your application. At Wolf-Gordon, green projects are made easy.

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